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Accident description
Last updated: 27 May 2016
Date:Tuesday 13 October 1992
Type:Silhouette image of generic A124 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 124-100
Operator:Antonov Design Bureau
Registration: CCCP-82002
C/n / msn: 19530501003
First flight: 1984
Engines: 4 Lotarev D-18T
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kiev (   Ukraine)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Kiev-Gostomel Airport (GML/UKKM), Ukraine
Destination airport:Kiev-Gostomel Airport (GML/UKKM), Ukraine
The Antonov freighter, the seconds An-124 prototype, was operating on a test flight out of Gostomel. When at about 19,700 ft during a high speed descent, a
bird, believed to be about 1.8 kg, was struck holing the nose. This allowed the area between the nose and the front bulkhead to become pressurised by the ram-air causing failure of the upward opening freight door. Control was lost and the aircraft crashed, one of the crew managed to eject but the others were killed when it crashed in a forest. The aircraft had been flying at a speed of 330 kts and was outside the normal flight envelope.

Bird strike
Cargo door failure
Loss of control

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